Chile's Lake District
The region south of the Bio bío River, more or less up to Puerto Montt, is generally referred to as the Lake District. It's a fairy-tale land of emerald forests, white-capped volcanoes, frothing waterfalls, and lush, rolling hills dashed out with dozens if not hundreds of lakes, lagoons and (hot)-springs that give the region its name. It is one of the most popular destinations in Chile for its beauty as well as for its multitude of possible outdoor activities and other distractions more reminiscent of city life.
Destinations within the Lake District include:
Pucon, Villarrica, Lican Ray, Temuco, Valdivia, Puerto Fuy, Puerto Montt, Puerta Varas.
Volcanoes, Nature and Mapuche Culture in Araucanía. (8 days)
A trip to a Mapuche community where you can meet some therapeutic properties of traditionally used medicinal plants, enjoy participating in Mapuche gastronomy gastronomy workshop, with Mapuche women know the art of the loom (woven Mapuche), means of transport used ancestral wagon ride and boats. Staying in a typical “Ruka Mapuche” etc.
Pucón (Rafting, Skiing, Trekking, Outdoors, Hotels)
Your adventure begins in
Pucón, a small city located right next to lake Villarrica and at
the foot of the live Volcano Villarrica. From here you can raft in the
rivers, enjoy a relaxing day in the hot springs, go skiing (in season)
and experience many other outdoor activities.(top)
Villarrica (lake Villarrica, outdoor activities, bed and breakfast with lake view)
Villarrica Chile is located
along the shore of the beautiful lake of Lake Villarrica. Across
the lake you can see the snow covered top of the Volcano Villarrica.
From here you can enjoy the beautiful view of the landscape and all that
nature and the outdoors has to offer you. You can go skiing, rafting,
horseback riding, fishing, bathe in the hot springs, swimming, camping
and hiking in the national parks and much more.(top)
Apply named "Rock Flower" in the Mapuche Language, Lican Ray is a rustic and tranquil small town on the shores of the Calafquen Lake.
The town itself provides all the modern basic necessities, but does so in its own style and pace.
It prides itself on its dark volcanic sand beaches, Play Grande which is more suitable for bathing and Playa Chica which, with its small jetty, provides boat services including fishing outings..(top)
Temuco (lake district connection, tourist information, rent a car)
Temuco is said by many to
be the gateway to the lake district. Rent a car here and take off for the
lakes. Spend some time on the beaches, fishing, hiking in the woods, rafting
Valdivia (farm holiday, Trekking, hotel, tourist information, fishing)
Valdivia is a great small
city on the edge of a river. There are cruise boats that can take you on
day cruise to the Island and to some Spanish forts. There is lots
of Spanish history here. See live reenactments at the forts of the Spanish
fighting there enemies.(top)
Montt (seafood, day adventure trips, bed and
breakfast, cruise connections,rent a car)
Puerto Montt is situated
on the Bay of Puerto Montt. Puerto Montt is protected on the west side
by the Island of Tenglo. You can cross from the main land to the island
in a row boat for about 50 cents. On the Island you can hike to the cross
at the top of the hill and see the deep blue bay, the city of Puerto Montt
and several beautiful snow covered volcanos. You can take a boat ride through
the Tenglo Canal which lies between the island and the main land.
Puerto Montt is the beginning point to many of the cruises that take you
to southern Chile. Puerto Montt is a good place to base yourself
when in this part of Chile.(top)
Varas (lake, hotel, horseback, waterfalls, tourist
Some say if you had to choose
one city to visit in Chile, Puerto Varas, Chile would be that city. Puerto
Varas is right on one of the biggest lakes in Chile. Across the deep blue
water you can see two snow capped volcanos reflecting there beauty into
the lake Llanquihue. Puerto Varas is a small town that you can walk around
in just a short time. From Puerto Varas you can get tours to take you to
all the great sights in the area. Not only is Puerto Varas a central place
to be based in this part of Chile but it is also a beautiful place just
to enjoy the shops, restaurants, etc. and relax and recharge your batteries.(top)